Nevada November 25, 2016
The Oldest Living Organism Is Hiding In A Nevada Park And You Need To See It
One unusual looking tree can be found in parts of Nevada, but in particular they are located in the Great Basin National Park. These trees are instantly recognizable from their gnarled, twisting shape.
Great Basin National Park is home to many groves of Bristlecone Pine trees.
Scientists believe the tree is the oldest-living tree on the planet and most believe the oldest living organism (although some point to the cresote bush for that honor).
The trees live so long because they are made for living in some very harsh environments.
You can most often find them in areas with cold winters, strong winds, and higher elevation.
They are also resistant go bugs, fungus and erosion due to the fact they are very dense.
The tree gets its name from their pine cones which are covered with sharp bristle.
The easiest grove of trees in Great Basin National Park can be found by hiking on Wheeler Peak.
Perhaps one of the oldest Bristlecone Pines in the park was known as the Prometheus tree.
In 1964, a scientist was studying the trees and took a sample from one particularly old and large one.
The scientist was taking samples from the tree and accidentally broke off his tool in the tree. He was forced to cut the tree down to get the tool back.
After examining the rings of the tree, he found that it was probably about 4,900 years old. Years later a Bristlecone about 5,065 years old was found in California, but it's highly likely there are even older ones still in Nevada.
Have you had the pleasure of seeing one of these amazing trees in person? Share in the comments!